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Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center

With 8 track streaming hard disk recording, a built-in 3-osc analog synth, and OS 2.0 the MPC5000 is the most advanced MPC sound engine to date. (55) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Representing the pinnacle of hip-hop production technology, the Akai MPC5000 is an all-in-one music production center that can take a song from idea all the way to finished product. Since the introduction of the first MPC in 1988, the "Music Production Center" has allowed producers to create hip-hop with the most intuitive, self-contained system possible, and the MPC5000 is the most complete realization of that ideal to date.

Integrated Hard-Disk Recording

The MPC5000 is the first Akai MPC to feature an integrated, 8-track, hard disk recorder. Before the 5000, producers who wanted to share their creations needed a to run their MPC into an external recording medium, whether it be an ADAT, tape recorder, or computer. No longer. The MPC5000 is a completely self-contained recording studio that streams beats and external audio from keyboards, turntables, or microphones into a final stereo mix. Add the optional CD-Burner and the MPC5000 becomes an entire production studio in a single tabletop unit.

Built-In Analog Synthesizer

The Akai MPC5000's built-in analog synthesizer boasts twenty-voice polyphony, a 3-oscillator sound genesis engine, and integrated arpeggiator.

Most Advanced MPC Sound Engine Ever

Building on the what's made the MPC such an indispensable tool in modern music production, the MPC5000 sports the most advanced sampling, sequencing and mixing engine ever built into an MPC. With a resolution of 960 parts per quarter note the MPC5000's sequencer provides nearly infinite control over beat and sample trigger timing for all 64 sample tracks. The 16-bit/44.1kHz digital audio resolution means crisper hits, fatter bass, and a more professional final product. The FX engine is upgraded, too, featuring four effects busses with two effects per bus.

There's simply no replacing the feel, production power, and signature sound of an MPC, and the flagship Akai MPC5000 represents Akai's most powerful, intuitive and expansive model yet.

Features of the Akai MPC5000

- 64-voice drum/phrase sampler with 64MB memory built-in. Expandable up to 192MB RAM
- Three-oscillator virtual analog synth engine with built-in arpeggiator
- Over 300 Virtual Analog synth presets included
- Eight tracks of Direct-to-Hard Disk recording
- Over 40 all new effects available within a modular 4-bus effects processor
- Master compressor and equalizer
- Built-in hard disk drive
- Optional CD-R/DVD drive
- USB 2.0 port for computer connectivity
- CF Type-2 card slot (up to 2GB)
- Chop-Shop 2.0 - slices a stereo loop into individual samples with automatic pad assignment
- Patched Phrases - creates multiple splits in looped samples to ensure proper tempo sync without changing pitch
- Continuous Sample Track - ensures samples play in perfect sync
- 12 Q-link controllers for internal automation, external MIDI control and quick parameter editing
- 10 built-in analog outputs, plus 8 ADAT-optical outputs and stereo S/PDIF IO
- Powerful new multimode filter
-Two MIDI inputs and Four MIDI outputs
- Turntable phono inputs with RIAA pre-amp
- XLR / 1/4" combo jacks with selectable mic/line levels
- Sample library provided by Loopmasters.com

Akai

As the makers of the legendary MPC series, Akai has been producing groundbreaking technology-based instruments for decades. They continue to build upon their reputation by designing professional-grade products for today's composers, DJs and performers.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)

*New OS 2.0 available for download at Akai's website.

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General
- Display: 240 x 128 dot graphic LCD w/back light
- Memory Card Slot: Compact Flash (The size of the compact flash card that MPC5000 can handle is from 32MB to 2GB)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 18 x 16 1/16 x 3 3/8 in. (6 7/8 in. with screen at maximum height)
- 406.4mm x 407.98mm x 85.7mm (174.6mm with screen at maximum height)
- Weight: 18.2 lbs
- Power Supply: Internal, auto switching, 110-240V, 50-60Hz
- Power Requirement: 50W

Sound Generator
- Sampling rate: 44.1kHz
- Memory capacity: 64MB standard, expandable to 192MB
- Recording time: 12m 48sec. (64MB, MONO), 38m24sec. (192MB, MONO)
- Memory expansion slot: 1 x for optional EXM-E3
- Data format: 16-bit linear
- Polyphony: 64
- Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
- Filter types: LOW PASS, BAND PASS, HIGH PASS, BAND BOOST, BAND STOP, ANALOG MODELING, VOCAL FORMANT
- Preset sound memory: 16 MB
- Number of programs: 128

Effects
- Effects: 4 stereo busses with 2 stereo effects per buss, and Master effect
- Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor

Sequencer
- Maximum events: 100,000 notes
- Resolution: 960 parts per 1/4-note
- Sequences: 99
- Tracks per sequence: 64
- MIDI output channels: 64 (16 channels x 4 outputs)
- Song mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song
- Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
- Drum pad banks: 4
- Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
- Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control

Inputs/Outputs
- Record input (L and R): MIC/ 1/4-inch Combo x 2 balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms; RCA with PHONO preamp,
- Max. Input level: +10dBu
- Digital RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
- Stereo output (L and R): 1/4-inch phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
- Max. output level: +22dBu
- 8 individual outputs: 1/4-inch phone x 8 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
- Max. output level: +22dBu
- Phones output: 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
- Digital output: RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
- ADAT Optical: x 1 (8 Channels)
- MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2
- MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 4
- USB: Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support
- (Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or Mac OS 9.x/10.x or later version. )
- Footswitches: 1/4-inch x 2
- Standard accessories included: Power cable, Operator's manual

Options
- EXM-E3: 128MB expansion memory card (Upgrades unit to 192MB total)
- CDM-25: CDR/DVD Drive

Data Compatibility
- MPC1000: SEQ, WAV, PGM
- MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
- MPC4000: SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
- MPC3000: SND (THRU Computer)
- Z4/Z8: SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
- S5000/6000: WAV only (THRU Computer)
- S1000/3000: No compatibility

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-4032
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "You either love it or hate it. This machine is whatever you want it to be."
Sound: The sound coming out of the unit sounds clean. this unit is not like the older MPC's (2000, 60, 3000), which add a bit of color to your sound. The onboard synthesizer is not bad at all. You can get some nice lil bass sounds from it. I only use the MPC, my PC and a tape deck. Feature: Alot of features. but its a catch 22 situation. Because, unlike many, i was lucky enough to purchase my 5k at a good price. The bad part is that alot of 5k features can be found in the 1k and 2.5k running the JJos. In fact, akai took about 25 of the jjOS features and placed them into the 5k. The only thing the 5k has going for itself at this point is the big blue LCD and the onboard synth. Unlike the 4k, the 5k doesn't have keygroups. All sounds consist of sample and synth programs. Creating programs can be a tedious task. Also, No more Aksys software. Perhaps they will add it in the next update? Ease of Use: The manual of the 5k is much of an easier read than the 4k or MV8k (both of which I previously owned). If you're new to the MPC world, just read the manual while actually playing with the MPC. you will learn the basics within a week. Quality: On the outside, well made. Something about all a black metal casing is sexxy. Not as big and retarded as the 4k. The only thing I dislike is that the jog wheel doesn't always register right away. You must turn the wheels a couple of times to get it going. Value: I paid below $1,900 (free shipping). The re-sell value of the unit is steady because no one is buying and no one is selling. the OS is still in semi-beta phase IMO. Winter Namm 2009 will determine the true value of this MPC Manufacturer Support: never used them. The Wow Factor: All MPC's have sex appeal. And now that their made in black... Overall: Overall im satisfied with this product. However, I fully understand that alot of features are going unused. I'm better off with a 1k wjjOS or reason/flstudio with the MPD32. The only thing that keeps me from selling this unit is the fact that I got it cheap, I dislike software sequencers with the exception of Acid 6 pro, there are still updates to be had, and the big blue LCD screen (nice and blue like the LCD on the kurzweil 2600 rack). I will only sell if the LinnDrumm2 lives up to the hype. If you rarely sample, and prefer to play your instruments, I suggest you get the 1k or 2.5k with JJos and use the keygroup functions. you can even get a 4k.
Style of Music: hiphop
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"i produce hip hop on a 5k and a little phatty."
Sound: killer sound, ... better than the other mpc's and even the mv that i've owned. Feature: more features than any hardware sampling drum machine ever made, ... so obviously no competition. Ease of Use: there is a learning curve, but once learned, it's automatic. Quality: of the highest quality in my opinion, i've been rough on mine, and it definitely continues to last and look beautiful. Value: if you are a hardware junkie, ... i'd give it a 10, ... if you like software only, ... you won't need certain features like hd recorder. for the features it comes with, it's still pretty good. Manufacturer Support: no support, ... support is non existent and/or horrible. The Wow Factor: i have it. it's the center of my music creation process. Overall: absolutely great machine.
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